Definition of summer tanager in US English:

summer tanager


  • A tanager (songbird), the adult male of which is rosy red, and which is a common summer visitor in the central and southern US.

    Piranga rubra

    • ‘For example, more than 15 percent of the world's summer tanagers, and more than 30 percent of the world's whip-poor-wills, breed in the Ozark and Ouachita mountains of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.’
    • ‘There were red cardinal-birds; and we saw another red bird also, a summer tanager.’
    • ‘It is home, said Marty Jakle, to ‘a diverse assemblage of neotropical migratory birds: the yellow-billed cuckoo, Cassin's kingbird, Bell's vireo, summer tanager, yellow warbler, yellow-breasted chat, and gray hawk.’’
    • ‘Male summer tanagers defend their nest site and a feeding territory during the breeding season.’
    • ‘Blue-gray gnatcatchers, orchard orioles, summer tanagers and blue jays are among the many species that nest in oaks.’